Politics

Trump pushing the limits of power

Dec
19
Okot Nyormoi

 

In his book The Great Idea, Mortimer Adler (American), wrote that the American political system hinges on three key ideas: equality, liberty and justice. He argued that justice mediates between the sometimes-conflicting goals of liberty and equality. This tripartite configuration of the system is reflected in three independent and equal branches of government:

 
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The growing mess in Israeli politics

Dec
19
Jonathan Power

Many Israelis have talked about the end of Israeli democracy. Avraham Berg, the former speaker of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), has written that “democracy in the Jewish state is doomed”. President Richard Nixon predicted that Israel would not last.

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Measuring humanity's undoubted progress

Nov
26
Jonathan Power

Despite popular belief, the world has become a more equal place since the global financial crisis that began eleven years ago. The growth of Brazil, India and China has led to the biggest decrease in inequality since the Industrial Revolution began in Britain

 
 
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Is free and fair election possible in Africa?

Oct
29
Okot Nyormoi

African leaders do not lose elections. It is a truism that has endured for decades and that has so to speak stood the test of time. The leader’s permanent victory at the polls, often scoring well over 90% of the votes cast, was at one point interrupted by its twin, the coup d’état 

 
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Which way Africa? Parliamentary or Presidential System?

Oct
29
Peter Anyang Nyongo

It is interesting to observe the similarities that exist between Kenya and Uganda. In the runup to the 1962 elections that brought independence, Milton Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress party, formed a coalition with Buganda’s royalist party, Kabaka Yekka [The King Alone]. The two parties commanded a Parliamentary majority, and Obote rode to power as Prime Minister.

 
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Who is this man Xi Jinping who rules China?

Jun
28
Jonathan Power

Despite the enormous power he wields, Xi Jinping, president of China, remains an enigma. We watched him on television last weekend as he watched the dancing in Pyongyang in the company of Kim Jong-un. His face was near to expressionless. Xi doesn’t pose or stand like an arrogant man. His face doesn’t look hard, as did Hitler’s or Stalin’s

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US/Iran Flare up in the Persian Gulf

Jun
27
Jonathan Power

“Any attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary including military force.” President Jimmy Carter 1980

 

 

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Protecting Land Rights in Apaa, Amuru District, Northern Uganda

Jun
27
Okot Nyormoi

Apaa land has been the center of local as well as international attention for decades. It has seen wars, changes in land utility, eviction and re-occupation and many other activities. The land is about 827 Sq. Km, (82,700 hectares) lying between Amuru and Adjumani Districts. Recently, the President of Uganda appointed a new committee chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament ...

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